Excerpt: When you’re literally the laughing stock of the tablet world, it’s pretty hard to make a comeback. In fact, most critics didn’t believe we’d see what’s before your eyes now: Surface 2. There’s plenty of reason for people to be such haters, too. The original Surface RT that shipped in October 2012 was a financial bomb at its original price of $500.
Pros: Includes Office 2013; TypeCover 2 keyboard is actually usable.
Cons: Weak app store; keyboard not included; disappointing battery life.
Conclusion: The Surface Pro 2 is Microsoft's updated slate tablet that's improved in every performance vector. It packs ultrabook-class components into an innovative form factor with a sturdy chassis. Add in a wide range of useful accessories, and the Surface Pro 2 is the Windows 8 tablet to beat.
Pros: Ultrabook components. Full 1080p HD display. 10-finger touch screen. Improved kickstand and performance. Comes with pressure-sensitive stylus. Works with Surface covers and accessories. Truly Windows-compatible.
Cons: Keyboard cover is optional. Only one USB 3.0 port. Kickstand still digs into your legs.
Excerpt: The Surface Pro 2 is Microsoft's updated slate tablet that's improved in every performance vector. It packs ultrabook-class components into an innovative form factor with a sturdy chassis. Add in a wide range of useful accessories, and the Surface Pro 2 is the Windows 8 tablet to beat.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review: Microsoft's office tablet
15 December 2013
Excerpt: The Surface Pro 2 is best described as a tablet with the performance of an Ultrabook. The follow-up to the first Pro looks very similar to the original, but the hardware has been overhauled. The Pro 2 runs on a fourth generation Intel Core i5 processor and comes in a number of different versions.
Summary: The Surface Pro 2 is a first-rate device. Its combination of mobility, power, and design matches and even slightly outperforms topnotch Ultrabooks with similar size and specs. Unfortunately, like those Ultrabooks, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is also expensive, especially when paired with a second-generation Type or Touch Cover, and users pay a premium for its style and unrivaled design.
Pros: Excellent design and build, Superb display, Active pen proves very useful, Performance matches best in class
Cons: Pricey, Needs a keyboard cover to be complete, Desktop experience a bit awkward
Summary: Microsoft’s no longer the minnow in the Windows hardware game. With its second-gen Surface Pro 2 it’s crafted a powerful multi-tasking slate that won’t let you down in any situation. It’s not slim, and it’s not cheap: this is a niche device, no doubt, but if you’re after a workhorse that can pull double duty on the sofa, this is seriously worth considering, especially if you’ve got a bigger screen kicking around you can plug it into.
Summary: Cautious evolution. Microsoft's second iteration of the Surface Pro aims at eradicating its predecessor's biggest flaws while at the same time staying true to its original concept. We have done some extensive testing to find out whether this powerful tablet PC with its high-resolution display does now indeed come closer to the idea of a perfect working device.
Pros: Battery Life, Sheer Performance, Versatility, True digitizer pen, Display, Noise emissions, Build quality, Integrated kickstand, Magnetic power connector, Power adapter with integrated USB charging functionality, The battery life, the noise emissions, the performance - all these have been improved considerably when compared to its predecessor.
Cons: Weight, Camera resolution, Heat emissions (under full load), Price, Expensive accessories, Somewhat reduced display sharpness when scaled up, A lower weight, a more attractive price point and better availability.
Pros: Great hardware, Great performance, Innovative design and features, Super keyboard accessory, Valuable included software
Cons: Still somewhat limited app ecosystem, Pricey but not Apple pricey
Summary: The Surface Pro 2 crams a serious amount of power into a compact frame - enough to worry the latest Ultrabooks. Its design may be spot on for some but we can't help feel that instead of being the best of both laptop and tablet worlds, it's neither. The price quickly rises if you veer away from the base model - many people would be better off with a separate laptop and tablet, and you might even save money.